Kaler finishes 30th on short course

Becky Kaler (c) 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

BIG SPRING, Pa. – Becky Kaler (Jefferson, Md./Brunswick) finished 30th on the 4,000-meter short course to lead McDaniel to a combined ninth-place finish at the Dickinson Long-Short Invitational in women's cross country action on Saturday.

The Green Terror finished eighth out of the 19 teams competing in the short race with 103 points. McDaniel was sixth among the 13 Division III teams at the meet. Combined with its score in the long-course race, the Green Terror was ninth overall with 344 points.

Kaler finished with the best time posted by a McDaniel runner on the Big Spring High School course, finishing with a time of 15:57.7.

Jasmine McCormick (Antioch, Calif./Holy Name) followed Kaler across the line in 31st with the second-best time in program history with her mark of 15:58.2.

Claire Lawson (McMinnville, Ore./McMinnville) added the No. 4 best time ever on the course with a time of 17:28.2 to place 78th. Amber Slater (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) placed 81st with a time of 17:30.1 for the fifth-best time.

Avalon McOmber (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) led the way in the 6,000-meter long course race, placing 130th with a time of 28:42.5.

Lucy Benson (Wilmington, Del./Sanford) and Phoebe McHale (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) were 141st (30:07.4) and 144th (30:40.9), respectively.

McDaniel returns to action at the Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh on Saturday.

Combined Team Scores*: 1. NYu 46, 2. Dickinson 56, 3. Gettysburg 124, 4. Millersville 186, 5. Bridgewater 210, 6. Messiah 217, 7. Elizabethtown 240, 8. Bryn Mawr 265, 9. McDaniel 344, 10. Davis & Elkins 384, 11. Lycoming 451, 12. Howard CC 455.

McDaniel Short-Course Results (4,000 meters, 144 competitors): 30. Becky Kaler 15:57.7, 31. Jasmine McCormick 15:58.2, 78. Claire Lawson 17:28.2, 81. Amber Slater 17:30.6, 100. Mollie Murphy 18:07.7, 133. Sarah Lighter 20:36.8, 134. Kelsey Mannix 20:46.0.

McDaniel Long-Course Results (6,000 meters, 164 competitors): 130. Avalon McOmber 28:42.5, 141. Lucy Benson 30:07.4, 144. Phoebe McHale 30:40.9, 154. Amelia Lawrence 32:17.8.

* only teams that were complete in both races have a combined team score.

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